Let the day end as at began…

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If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.
Meister Eckhart

The day started very early. Before the sun was up, we headed to the airport to send off our Johnnie on a bit of an adventure. It was an easy drive despite the snow, only wet pavement with a salty road spray.

Around every turn was another vista of frosted trees and shrubs. In a magical, quiet way, the overnight snowfall sculpted the highway into something softer, a more ethereal version of an interstate.

On the way back into our neighborhood, I took a few pictures. Then a few more around our back yard. And all I could do was say, “Thank you, Lord.”

It was a long day. Lots of little issues, big problems, and heartfelt prayers. A hard day. But a good day. Let the day end as it began… where all I can say is, “Thank you, Lord.”

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  I Thessalonians 5:15-18

Sing your heart out!

  

 The thermometer said it was 10° outside. I admit it. I was more than a little grumpy and cranky about getting up and getting dressed and going to church. My bed was so warm. The cats so purry…

And then… out in the maple tree, feathers fluffed against the cold, a little Carolina wren sang and sang and sang! (So much so, at first I thought it was an alarm or some kind of alert on one of our electronic devices!)

She sang and I watched little puffs of steam from her breath. The wind bobbled the branches up-and-down. She held on, and sang. 

My crankiness melted away. I smiled and watch this little wren, and my heart was lifted. I started to sing “let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”

It seemed to be a bit of a reminder. God got my attention. There will be days it will be hard. There will be mornings when you feel chilled to the depths of your heart. There will be nights when it feels like the dawn is never coming. And still…

No one should be left out;    Let every man and every beast—    every creature that has the breath of the Lord—praise the Eternal! Praise the Eternal!

Psalm 150:6. The Voice

Thanks be to God!

A New Blogger Group!

bg-blogger-badge-150x150Recently I signed on to be a Bible Gateway Blogger Grid Member. It was a carefully thought out decision. I read their Statement of Faith and requirements and decided I could sign on without compromising my beliefs and ethos.

I am a Progressive Christian. It is essential to my faith and my following Christ.

By that I mean I believe in the importance of the Bible, read through the lens of someone who believes the Love of God is offered to all people. I seek to live as one who loves and desires to emulate the risen Christ to each person God brings across my path.

I’m real about the struggle. There is no halo on my head, and occasionally, I want to do a little butt-kicking in the name of Jesus. (Which I blogged about recently.)

But I’m also passionate about caring for people who have been ignored, marginalized, and judged. The homeless. The poor. LGBTQ. Women. Minorities. Refugees. Unemployed. Elderly. Cancer patients. Minimum wage workers. Incarcerated.

The list goes on…

God’s Mercy has a wide-open door. I intend to continue to blog about my understanding and my life’s journey living it out. That will take a while.

In the mean time, you can find resources and studies on Bible Gateway. Do I agree with the theological perspectives of all of them? No… but there is much to be said for prayerfully discerning as one reads others’  perspectives. It is the Way of Grace.

Isaiah 54:9-10  New Living Translation (NLT)

9 “Just as I swore in the time of Noah
that I would never again let a flood cover the earth,
so now I swear
that I will never again be angry and punish you.
10 For the mountains may move
and the hills disappear,
but even then my faithful love for you will remain.
My covenant of blessing will never be broken,”
says the Lord, who has mercy on you.